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Niagara Escarpment Commission

Site: Guelphview Square

Contact Information
Office Phone 905-877-5191
Primary Contact Danielle D'Silva, Senior Marketing and Communications Advisor; Phone: 905-877-8144; Email:
Agency Information
Description (Agency) An agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that operates at "arm's length" from the Ontario government in accordance with the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. 
The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and the Commission provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment and ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment.
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Established 1973
Funding Provincial
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Services altered due to COVID-19 
The majority of staff from our offices will be working off-site until further notice. Please refer to the staff directory for contact information or email us at or and we will respond as soon as possible. 
We are also making the following changes in operations and programs effective immediately: 
Office closures: 
Our offices in Georgetown and Owen Sound are closed to the public. 
Commission meetings 
The Niagara Escarpment Commission has implemented a process to deliberate a select number of items via virtual Commission meetings. For more information on scheduling and items moving forward, please continue to monitor updates posted on the Commission Meetings section of our website 
Development Permit Applications: 
The Niagara Escarpment Commission is continuing to accept new Development Permit applications electronically. Once all information is received, we will work to process them, but there may be delays due to COVID-19. 
For Development Permit Applications that have received conditional approval, the NEC will issue a Development Permit when all conditions have been addressed. 
The Niagara Escarpment Commission will be issuing Notices of Decision for Development Permit applications pertaining to essential services only. Decisions on all other Development Permit applications will be postponed until the Emergency Order has been lifted. For a list of essential services outlined by the Government of Ontario, visit 
Due to operational constraints during this pandemic, the average response time for inquiries may be up to 5 business days. 
Click the link to view a list of active and past Notice of Decisions issued since the Emergency Order was put in place. 
The Escarpment is a height of land and related topography extending 725 kilometres through south central Ontario from Queenston to Tobermory. 
The Commission fulfills the following responsibilities: 
* to promote the objectives of the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) 
* to process and make decisions on development permit applications  
* to review and comment on all proposed developments within the Plan Area and intervene at hearings if Plan policies are substantially threatened  
* to process and make recommendations on proposed NEP amendments  
* to assist the Minister and municipalities in achieving conformity of local official plan documents and municipal by-laws 
* to assist the Minister in monitoring NEP implementation 
* to provide a Plan interpretation role
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm 
Meetings: monthly at the Georgetown Office to consider permit applications * open to public * people wishing to speak should notify the Commission in advance
Areas Served Dufferin County ; Halton Region ; Hamilton ; Niagara Region ; Peel Region
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call for information
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Georgetown
Address & Map
Guelphview Square
232 Guelph St, 3rd Flr
Georgetown, ON L7G 4B1
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Intersection Mountainview Rd and Guelph St
Physical Access Partially Accessible - some assistance required with elevator door and operation
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Land Conservation ; Planning/Coordinating/Advisory Groups ~ Environmental Issues

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